The American Academy of Audiology and Susan E. Terry, Au.D., Cautions Parents on Selecting Noisy Toys this Holiday Season – Loud toys can damage hearing in children
The American Academy of Audiology and Broadwater Hearing Care urges parents to be cautious when selecting toys this holiday season. Recognizing that tiny ears are particularly susceptible to hearing damage, it is important to check noise levels before purchasing them. “Many parents don’t realize the permanent damage a simple toy can inflict on a child’s hearing,” said Dr. Terry, a member of the American Academy of Audiology and with Broadwater Hearing Care. “When we fail to protect a child’s hearing, the result can be irreversible hearing loss.” The inner ear contains delicate hair cells which do not regrow. Once these are damaged by noise, the result is permanent hearing loss.
“Hearing damage can be from a one-time exposure or cumulative exposures,” said Dr. Terry. “It’s important to note that the 85-decibel level threshold that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommends is for people with long exposure to the sound for eight hours or more. Having said that, parents and anyone buying toys for children need to be aware of loud noises, particularly toys that have loud bursts—cap guns, popping balloons, air horns, etc.”
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